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Backpackers on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) can now work for 12 months with the same employer. This used to be 6 month but has now been relaxed.


​​​​​Visa condition 8547 - ​​​​​​​​​​​​6-month work limitation

On 19 January 2022, the 6-month work limitation was temporarily relaxed. The relaxation of this condition was initially in effect until 31 December 2022, and it has now been extended until 30 June 2023.

This change allows Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) to work with any one employer for the duration of their visa without requesting permission, and any work that is carried out before 1 July 2023 will not be counted towards the 6-month limitation period.

This means that from 1 July 2023 onwards, WHMs may work for any employer for up to an additional 6 months even if they worked for that same employer before 1 July 2023.

This applies to anyone in Australia who either holds any kind of WHM visa, regardless of when they arrive, or holds a Bridging visa with condition 8547 imposed.


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Likewise, although most backpackers just want to do 88 days (Visa 417) of agri work to get their 2nd visa. This is not a limitation. They can of course work a full season - should they want to.


Please enquire with the employer as to the type of Visa that is applicable.


462 visas have education requirements, while 417 visas do not. 462 visas require a letter of support from your government of origin (unless you're from the U.S.), while 417 visas do not. 462 visas also require evidence of functional English, while 417 visas do not.

 

MAIN TYPES OF WORKING HOLIDAY VISA:


Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) First Working Holiday visa


This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (or 35 years old for some countries) have their first extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.

With this visa you can:

  • do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday

  • study for up to 4 months

  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

  • do 3 months of specified work to become eligible for a second Working Holiday visa


Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) | Second Working Holiday visa


This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (or 35 years old for some countries) who currently hold, or who have held, a Working Holiday visa, have a second working holiday in Australia.

  • do short- term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday

  • study for up to 4 months

  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

  • do 6 months of specified subclass 417 work to become eligible for a third Working Holiday visa

 


This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) have an extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country

  • You can work while you are here

  • You can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria

This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who currently hold, or who have held, a Work and Holiday visa, have a second working holiday in Australia.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country

  • You can do any kind of work while you are here

  • You must have completed 3 months of specified subclass 462 work​

  • If in Australia, hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago​​

  • You can apply for a third Work and Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria

Third Work and Holiday visa (12 months $510) This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who currently hold, or who have held, a second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, have a third working holiday in Australia.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country

  • You can do any kind of work while you are here

  • You must have completed 6 months of specified subclass 462 work​

  • If in Australia, hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago​​

 

​​​​​​On 18 April 2017, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection jointly announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages.


This visa is now closed to new applications (as of March 2023)

 

MORE HERE ON THE WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER (WHM) PROGRAM: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/overview

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